From YouVersion: The Brand New Bible App for Java!

The Bible App™ for Java DashboardAs a mobile platform, Java can reach hundreds of millions of devices, literally all over the world. So to reach the most people possible, we wanted to make version 1.0.1, the latest release of the Bible App™ for Java, the best app for Java mobile devices we’ve ever done.

So we started fresh and completely rewrote it from scratch! The Bible App for Java is back and better than ever, available for immediate download from GetJar. The Bible App for Java can now do almost everything that the Bible App can do on all of our other major platforms. You’ll find significant improvements to its basic presentation, specifically designed to make it much faster and easier to use:

  • Dashboard. The brand new Dashboard Launcher gives you instant access to the features you use most—right from the first screen.
  • Bible Reader. The Bible Reader keeps track of where you left off, returning you when you come back to the last version, book, and chapter you were reading. And it’s all-new, cleaner and faster loading, designed specifically to make it comfortable for you to read for long periods, in any conditions.
  • Notes. Capture your thoughts about verses or entire passages, keeping your notes organized with titles, labels—even colors. Keep private notes for yourself, or share them with friends or the entire YouVersion community.
  • The Bible App™ for Java Reading PlansReading Plans. Take full advantage of the more than 190 Bible reading plans YouVersion has to offer, in 10 languages (so far). Reading plans make it easy for you to read the Bible on a schedule, just a little each day.
  • Bookmarks. Bookmarks are a great way to label individual verses, whether you want to look them up later to share with friends, or just jump quickly to your own favorites.
  • YouVersion Live. Event coordinators use YouVersion Live to help attendees interact with what’s happening onstage. You can follow along with message outlines, take notes, read Bible passages, vote on polls, ask questions, donate, request prayer, and more! Simply look up YouVersion Live events by ZIP code or city.
  • Settings. When you sign in to the Bible App with your free YouVersion account, now you can personalize how you use it, and it remembers your unique settings between uses.
  • Search. Jump quickly to verses or passages based on keywords you enter.

Get your update for the Bible App for Java now. And please come connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to hear your YouVersion stories!

The Bible App for Windows Phone Now Offers Audio, Highlights, Easier Reading

You can get the newest release of the Bible App™ for Windows Phone right now at Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Version 2.1 of the Bible App for Windows Phone brings more functionality than ever, adding features and settings specifically designed to help you make the most of the time you spend in God’s Word.

  • The Bible App™ for Windows Phone 2.1 Audio BibleAudio Bibles. For the first time ever on Windows Phone, now you can listen as the Bible App reads to you through streaming audio, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. (Be aware of the data usage plan for your provider or, for best results, use Wifi.) Listen while you drive, work, exercise—even read along! Audio versions are available in several languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese (to name just a few).

How it works: You can tell if the version you’re reading offers audio if it displays a speaker icon. Simply tap the icon to display controls for playing, pausing, and jumping forward and back within the chapter. If you don’t see the speaker icon, tap the current version’s “short code” (the abbreviation at the top). A list of available versions displays. The versions offering audio have a small speaker beside them.
 
 

  • The Bible App™ for Windows Phone 2.1 Color OptionsCustom Highlight Colors. When you sign in to the Bible App on your Windows Phone with a free YouVersion account, you’ll find many of the same features offered by your favorite paper Bible. One great example is highlights. You can use highlights to mark your favorite passages—and even create your own custom highlight colors.

How it works: Select the verse(s) you want to highlight. Tap the rainbow icon to select a custom color. Select your basic color, then slide the shading bar to make it lighter or darker. (A preview displays your custom color as you make adjustments.)
 
 
 
 
 

  • The Bible App™ for Windows Phone 2.1 Reader SettingsEasy Reading. Even on the best mobile devices, sometimes surrounding lighting and screen resolution can interfere with your reading experience. This update of the Bible App for Windows Phone includes tools that help you customize your Reader display for maximum readability. You can change font faces and sizes, and alternate colors between the font and background.

How it works: In the Bible Reader, tap the settings icon (the little gear) to display the viewing controls. Tap the sun icon to make the background white and the text black, or tap the moon icon for white text on a black background. Tap the little “A” to make the font smaller, or the larger “A” to make it bigger. Tap the font name for a list of available fonts, then simply tap the one you want. Try experimenting to find the combination that works best for you. Once you get your view how you want, simply tap the settings icon again to hide the viewing controls.

The latest update for the Bible App on your Windows Phone is available immediately. If you have friends with Windows Phones, please spread the word and let them know, too. Also, we’d love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter and hear your feedback.

The Bible App So Far: 30 Million Installs

30 Million Installs of the Bible App™Just last week, we invited you to celebrate YouVersion.com’s fourth birthday with us. Today, we’d like to share yet another phenomenal milestone from the ever-growing YouVersion community:

The Bible App™ has been installed on
30 million unique devices around the globe.

You read that right. Thirty. Million. (Just for some perspective, that’s more than the current population of the entire nation of Peru!) Of course, 30 million is just one small step toward 1 billion…

And while 30 million installs would be notable by itself, looking at some additional numbers reveals a more complete story. The Bible App and YouVersion.com today offer more than 150 unique versions of the Bible in 45 different languages. And with more than 190 Bible reading plans, it’s simpler than ever to read through topics and devotionals—even the entire Bible! It’s obvious the Word is getting out… Together, the YouVersion community has now read the Bible for more than 11 billion minutes, added more than 30 million bookmarks, and shared more than 1.6 million verses. (To help you visualize what we’re talking about, click the image at the right.)

We’ve never been more excited than we are right now, standing at this remarkable moment in history. Taken together, these numbers clearly show that every day, more and more people, from literally all over the world, are choosing to take their Bibles with them everywhere they go. And if you use the Bible App yourself, then of course you already know why: Because the Bible App makes it easier and faster than ever to engage not just with God’s Word, but with His people. No matter where you are, what you’re doing, or even which of YouVersion’s 45 languages you prefer—your Bible App is right there with you.

If you haven’t already installed the free Bible App on your mobile device, it’s not too late! Get it now on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, HP WebOS, Java, and almost every other mobile platform. If you do have the Bible App, then this milestone is a celebration of you. Thank you for the part you have played in helping get the Bible not just more into your own life, but sharing it with your friends and seeing it touch them too. It’s because of you that literally tens of millions of other people are connecting with the Bible. Together, let’s keep spreading the story of God’s love, one (more) person at a time.

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

In 1440, Johannes Gutenberg first shared his concept for the printing press. By the early 1450’s, he had put his ideas into action, printing the Bible faster and for far less money than the only option previously available: hand-copied versions that took years to create. Through a series of unfortunate events, Gutenberg lost his printing presses to a creditor a few years later. In 1468, he died, having never achieved financial success. Worse, there was no way he could have foreseen at the time how his amazing invention would go on to change the world. 

Today, of course, we recognize how this early Bible printing device ultimately gave birth to modern publishing. Gutenberg’s contribution was the spark that made possible the vast proliferation of knowledge and information that the rest of us have benefited from over the last 571 years.

In our generation, many inventors and technologies have dramatically shaped the landscape of our everyday lives, reaching into every corner of society and every industry. Arguably, the greatest innovator and creative genius of this generation has been Steve Jobs. His ideas, leadership, and life’s work influenced the direction of entire industries: broadcast media, motion pictures, music, publishing, communications, and of course, computing.

Jobs was actually able to achieve the financial success that eluded Gutenberg, leading Apple to become the highest-valued company in the world shortly before his passing. And although he was fortunate to actually get to witness the massive growth and adoption of his inventions, Steve Jobs was likely unaware of just how his creations would be used to further the vision of Johannes Gutenberg.

Using the Bible App on their iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches—to say nothing of the countless other devices influenced by Steve Jobs’ ideas—30 million people now have free access to the very book that Gutenberg started printing.

Many people now know the Bible as the Bible App, primarily because Jobs envisioned a new kind of communication device. Just as research was indicating a rapid decline in Bible reading and engagement, millions of people all over the world are now spending billions of minutes reading, listening to, and sharing the Bible—using mobile devices that Jobs either created or influenced.

Once again, history repeats itself. When Gutenberg set out to print the Bible, he unknowingly sparked a revolution that changed the world. Jobs turned publishing, media, entertainment, and communications upside down through his iNventions. And in so doing, he unknowingly sparked a revolution in Bible engagement that we believe will change the world.

Happy Birthday, YouVersion—We’re 4 Years Old!

Original YouVersion.com DashboardA Simple Idea. In June of 2007, the concept of YouVersion was first introduced to the world: A free, online Bible that would allow anyone with Internet access to link rich media (like video, audio, images, text, and more) to passages in the Bible. It would retain the sanctity of the Scriptures, but you’d also be able personalize your interaction and experience with them. Three months later, on September 27, the YouVersion.com Beta officially launched, marking the beginning of what has so far been an incredible four-year journey. Throughout that time, our goal has been helping people deeply connect with God’s Word.

YouVersion Goes Mobile. In April of 2008, we announced our first mobile version. While that event was significant, we couldn’t have predicted what was about to happen. A vibrant YouVersion community gathered suddenly around the mobile version, and together we discovered how transforming it was to have the Bible with us everywhere we went, all the time. We read the Bible more, referred to it more, and started sharing God’s wisdom with our friends more than ever before.

A Revolution Begins. Just three months later, in July, we announced the first version of the Bible App™ for iPhone with a simple video. In just 24 hours, early adopters spent almost 200,000 minutes using the Bible App on their iPhones, propelling it into the top 50 apps on iTunes. It was official: this was the beginning of a revolution in engaging with God’s Word.

And Now Here We Are. Today, with the Bible App installed on nearly 30 million unique devices, the YouVersion community is literally worldwide. Generous Bible publishing partners provide us with 152 translations in 45 languages. More than 190 Bible reading plans help us breathe in God’s Word every day, reading and listening. Things we could only imagine doing on mobile devices four years ago, the Bible App lets us do easily now: Bookmarking, Notes, sharing on social media sites, sharing through email or text messages… and more. And this is only the beginning. We’re committed to continuing to use the best of today’s and tomorrow’s technology to help the world fall in love with God’s Word.

When you use the Bible App to uncover God’s story of love, and when you share that journey of discovery with your friends, you’re a key part of that global YouVersion community. Thank you for all you’ve done!

The Bible App for BlackBerry: Now With Highlights, Better Bookmarking

You can now get version 3.5.1, the latest release of the Bible App™ for your BlackBerry device, in BlackBerry App World or as a direct browser download. In this exciting update, highlights are all new, and bookmarks are better than ever:

  • Highlights. For the first time on BlackBerry, now you can highlight individual or multiple Bible verses or passages in different colors—just like in your favorite paper Bible! (If you’re new to reading the Bible, highlights are a great way you can mark verses you enjoy, or that you want to easily spot again later.)
  • Bookmarks. Bookmarking on your BlackBerry device works pretty much the same way it has for a long time, where you simply tap on what you want to mark, then select Bookmark. Only now, for the first time ever, you can select multiple verses at a time! But you’ll find a lot more functionality than just that. For example, you can choose a highlight color, add a title to your bookmark—even label it. Bookmarks are great for sharing special passages with friends, better organizing your personal studies, or for whatever purposes your imagination and creativity lead you to.
  • Fixes.While this release also includes the standard “bug fixes” and “performance enhancements,” the most significant thing we addressed this time around was repairing a troubling issue that was causing freezes for some users under certain conditions. That shouldn’t happen anymore, and the Bible App should be noticeably faster at many common tasks.

The Bible App™ for BlackBerry Select The Bible App™ for BlackBerry Bookmark Properties The Bible App™ for BlackBerry Bookmark List
The Bible App™ for BlackBerry Edit Note The Bible App™ for BlackBerry Custom Color

Please help us get the word out. If you have friends with BlackBerry devices, a new release of the Bible App offers a great opportunity for you to share YouVersion with them. Please consider helping your friends who have never tried the Bible App get it installed and start their own free YouVersion account. Everything we do is always completely free. Our simple vision has always been to make it as easy as possible for people to engage freely with God’s Word, no matter where you live or what language you prefer. And remember: The YouVersion community on Facebook and Twitter loves hearing your stories about spreading the Bible App!

Brand New Features in the Bible App for Android Version 3.4: Available Now

Version 3.4, the latest release of the Bible App™ for Android, is available now in the Android App Market, for immediate download. You’ll find this updated version packed with great new features, all specifically designed to make your experience connecting with your YouVersion friends better than ever:

  • Easier, More Direct Help. Now you can access Technical Support from directly inside the Bible App. With just a couple of taps, you can email our Support team from wherever you are, a feature which will automatically include useful information that can help get your issue addressed much faster.
  • Sign up with Facebook. For the first time, now you can sign up for a free YouVersion account using your Facebook login, right inside the Bible App. This streamlines creating your account, which will save you time: You won’t need to verify your email address, and your YouVersion account will automatically connect to Facebook for you. It’s now faster and simpler than ever to share your favorite verses or Bible plans—or even the Bible App!—with your friends.
  • Create New Notes from Other Apps. Now when you connect your YouVersion account with other digital Bible platforms that use compatible technology (like Monvee), the notes you make on Bible passages in those other places can sync directly with your YouVersion account!
  • Highlights for Notes. Notes just got a whole lot richer. Adding to the Bible App’s already robust set of features for notes, now you can even label individual notes with highlight colors. This allows you to spot your notes at a glance, and even to coordinate or organize them by color if you want.
  • Faster than Ever. With every new release, we try to resolve known issues and improve performance. But in 3.4, we’ve specifically addressed speed by caching data on your notes and in YouVersion Live. What this means is that the Bible App makes smart decisions and loads things in the background, based on whatever you’re doing. This translates into much snappier performance for you.

The Bible App™ for Android 3.4 Help Launcher  The Bible App™ for Android 3.4 Help Launcher  The Bible App™ for Android 3.4 Sharing  The Bible App™ for Android 3.4 Highlights
Let your friends know! The YouVersion community is of course all about sharing your experiences connecting with God’s Word. A new Bible App update with great features like this one is a great way you can start a conversation with your friends who have Android devices. Please consider offering to help them install the Bible App on their mobiles, and even show them your favorite ways to use it. And tell us your stories! Our Facebook and Twitter communities love hearing creative ideas about how we can all share the Bible App.

More Powerful Search Comes to Bible App for iPhone and iPod touch

Find exactly what you’re looking for! The newest update of the Bible App™ for iPhone and iPod touch was just released. Version 3.5—available now in the iTunes App Store—offers inline translation notes, improved signup with Facebook, easier Help, faster performance, and enhanced Search features. Today we’ll share some quick tips to help you take full advantage of the most robust, flexible Search tools the Bible App has ever offered.

Note: For now, these enhanced search features are available only on iPhone and iPod touch.

Quick Search in the Bible App™ for iOS Version 3.5Quick Search. As always, search is available directly from the Dashboard Launcher, right at the top. Simply click in the “Reference or Keyword” text field, key what you’re looking for, then tap the [Search] button. You can search on individual words, whole phrases, and even jump to specific passages with book names, and/or chapter numbers, and/or verse numbers.
 
Advanced Search in the Bible App™ for iOS Version 3.5More Search Options. As soon as you tap Search, the Bible App presents you with several additional options:

  1. Sort Order. Choose Traditional (in book order) or Relevance.
  2. Advanced. Once you’re in Search mode, switch Advanced to ON to see more options for refining your search results:
  3. Version. Select the Bible translation you want to search.
  4. Section. Choose Old Testament, New Testament, or both.
  5. Book. Select the specific book(s) of the Bible where you want to search.
  6. Instant Results. Based on the options you’ve selected, your search results display—in context—at the bottom of the screen. Simply tap one to jump to it in the Bible Reader. Try a new search from the “Reference or Keyword” text field at the top, and your results update instantly.
  7. Search History. Tap the clock face button (top right) to display your previous searches. (More details below.)
 
Search History in the Bible App™ for iOS Version 3.5Search History. When you have a free YouVersion account, the Bible App saves all of your previous searches in this list.

  • Cancel. Tap the [Cancel] button to return to the Advanced Search screen.
  • Previous Search. Tap a previous search to once again see its results on the Advanced Search screen. (You can even refine those results with the Advanced features.)
  • Clear. Tap the [Clear] button to empty your Search History.
 

We hope these enhanced features will make it faster and easier than ever for you to find whatever you’re looking for in the Bible. Our passion is to help as many people as possible freely connect with the Bible, no matter where they live or what language they prefer. And great new tools like enhanced search can be a great conversation starter to help you share the Bible App with your friends.

Thank you so much for the part you play in the global YouVersion community!

Version 3.5 Update: Enhanced Study Tools for Bible App for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

The newest release of the Bible App™ for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) has all-new additions like inline study tools, as well as helpful upgrades like more robust search, more information connecting with Facebook, and Technical Support at your fingertips. In addition, we addressed several functional issues that you, the YouVersion community, reported to us.

  • Study and Translation Notes. Wherever translation and study notes are available, you can view them directly within the context of the passages they refer to. (You can turn them off just as easily.) Check out Psalm 119 in the New Living Translation (NLT) or in the King James Version (KJV) to see examples.
  • Improved Search. When you search the Bible, now you can limit where you’re looking. For example, you can search in just the Old or New Testament, in a range of books, or even within a single book! You can also sort your results—such as displaying them in book order—making it easier to quickly find what you’re looking for. (For now, enhanced search is available only on iPhone and iPod touch.)
  • Facebook Signup. You could already quickly sign up for your free YouVersion account using Facebook. But now, this handy feature displays even more useful information—even your Facebook profile picture!
  • Help. Another step in making Technical Support always-on, always available, we added direct access to Help straight from the Dashboard Launcher.

Inline Study Notes in the Bible App™ for iOS v. 3.5  Powerful New Search in the Bible App™ for iOS v. 3.5  Help on the Dashboard Launcher in the Bible App™ for iOS v. 3.5

Of course, we try to take advantage of every release to repair known bugs and to tweak the Bible App’s performance. You can update your Bible App to version 3.5, available right now in the iTunes App Store. Simply follow the instructions below to get yours.

Tell your friends! If you haven’t talked to your friends about the Bible App, a new update like this can be a great conversation starter. You can show them your favorite new features on your device, then maybe even offer to help them install it on theirs. Sharing is fun! Come let your friends in the YouVersion community on Facebook and Twitter know what you’re reading, and how God’s Word is speaking to you.


Get Your Update Now:

If you already have the Bible App installed:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Updates icon.
  3. Tap Update for the Bible App.
    OR
    Tap Update All.

If this is your first time installing the Bible App:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Search icon.
  3. Search for “Bible”.
  4. Tap the Bible App from LifeChurch.tv.
  5. Tap the FREE button.

Portuguese on YouVersion: 3 New Audio Bibles from Publishers, Translation from Volunteers

YouVersion’s vision is simple and straightforward: Helping people freely, easily engage with the Bible and connect with each other. And of course, hearing the Word of God read aloud in your native language can build your faith like nothing else. Generous publishers partner with our community to provide high-quality audio and print Bible translations. And people just like you graciously offer their gifts and abilities to help reach others through interface and website translation and other tasks. We’re blessed to have the unique, world-changing opportunity to serve alongside you.

Bible Publishers

YouVersion is privileged to be able to offer, for the first time, each of these popular “plain language” Português Bibles in audio form. (They’re also available in print):

  • Tradução na Linguagem de Hoje (NTLH). The Brazilian Bible Society spent 12 years developing the NTLH, working diligently to keep its meaning as close to the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek as possible. The NTLH was designed specifically for readability, targeted at people who have not had the opportunity for so-called “classical” training in the Scriptures.
  • Tradução Revista e Corrigida de João Ferreira de Almeida (ARC). Also from the Brazilian Bible Society, the ARC was first published in two volumes in 1748 and 1753. A translation of the King James Version of the Bible into Portuguese, the ARC is considered a milestone because it was the first time the entire new New Testament was available in this beautiful language.
  • Nova Versão Internacional. The NVI is one of the most recent translations of the Bible into Portuguese. Provided by Biblica, the NVI adheres to more modern sensibilities for Scriptural translation, taking into account not only faithfulness to the original sources, but balancing that with clarity while also maintaining the beauty inherent in the language.

But that’s not all! YouVersion offers additional excellent print translations like the Tradução Brasileira (A Brazilian Translation), 2nd edition (TB) and the Brazilian Portuguese New Testament (WBPT).

Volunteers

Obviously, good Bible translations in a specific language are pivotal for helping YouVersion offer God’s Word to speakers of that language—and audio versions are the icing on the cake. But YouVersion is more than just Bibles. Even the best Bible App is still difficult to use if its audience can’t read its menus and controls. And that’s where YouVersion’s world-changing volunteers come in. People from literally all around the world—people just like you—generously offer their language skills to help others experience the story of God’s love. And the need for Portuguese speakers and translators never ends. YouVersion is constantly updating the Bible App on its many platforms to continue making it easier to use. Our community can use all the help it can get responding to user requests for assistance and technical support, whether that comes through email, Facebook, or Twitter. If you can help, please let us know.

But don’t just take our word for it. Read what some of our incredible Portuguese language volunteers have to say about what it’s meant to them to reach out and support their YouVersion community:

Brazilian Portuguese Language Volunteer Alessandra M.

“There’s nothing better than feeling God’s presence. To read about His love for us through the history of Christ is certainly the best way to do this. Being part of YouVersion.com and The Bible App translation team is a blessing because I know that every day more and more people will have easy access to the Bible in their own language. YouVersion is an excellent tool to strengthen your faith, no matter what language you speak or where you are!”
—Alessandra M., Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil

 

Brazilian Portuguese Language Volunteer Marcelo C.

“It is wonderful to feel the presence of God as alive as our God, experiencing the love of Jesus in our lives and His saving work. And the only way to know all these promises for our lives is knowing God’s Word. For this reason it has been so gratifying to be part of the YouVersion translators team. The more I work, the more I read the Bible and the more I feel God’s presence. And YouVersion’s Bible App lets us do it anywhere, reading or listening to God’s Word while doing any activity! God be praised!”
—Marcelo C., Limeira, São Paulo, Brazil

 

Brazilian Portuguese Language Volunteer Eric S.

“When I discovered this awesome application, I had no doubt that I would use it and show it to my friends. I quickly realized it wasn’t available in Portuguese yet, but I saw that I could volunteer! The fact that I can help this great application reach and bless many other people in my language is enough to feel great and satisfied!”
—Eric S., Limeira, Brazil